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Observed Experiential Integration

Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI), also known as One Eye Integration, is a therapeutic process that:

  • grants significant relief from feeling triggered by or stuck to a traumatic event. People are often able to talk calmly about what previously made them feel intense emotion.
  • reduces and resolves the impact of psychological (incl. earning disabilities), emotional, physical (head/brain injury, strokes), and relational trauma.
  • decreases negative emotions and memories related to crisis, stress, or trauma.
  • integrates any disparity of perception between the two eyes – and the right and left brain.
  • has been found to be more effective than Cognitive Behavior Therapy for sexual abuse in a researched study; for more information, see … www.sightpsychology.com
  • has been successfully used in couples work, therapy with children, as well as with adults who are unable to make difficult decisions, or discontinue destructive habits.

Trauma has been described as

  • “an over-whelming experience, for which one has insufficient resources to deal with”, or
  • “an experience that produces psychological injury, emotional wound, or shock”

The OEI process includes:

  • Switching: alternately covering and uncovering the eyes, while experiencing a disturbing thought, feeling, or memory. Disparities of color, distance, and emotions between the two eyes become more balanced with this process.
  • Transference checks: observing differences between the two eyes’ perception of therapist, self, and/or others.
  • Glitch-work: eyes track/follow across different locations in the visual field while client experiences distressing thoughts, feelings, or physical sensations.
  • Talking is unnecessary, but may be helpful for some.
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